cirque

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Borrowing from French cirque, from Latin circus (ring, circle), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)ker- (to turn, to bend) [1] [2].

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cirque (plural cirques)

  1. (geology) A curved depression in a mountainside with steep walls, forming the end of a valley.
    • 1982, TC Boyle, Water Music, Penguin 2006, p. 344:
      Of course it's going to be bad whever the clouds let loose, but up here pussyfooting along the perimeter of toothy cirques and dead drops of anywhere from eighty to three hundred feet, it would be a disaster.

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  1. ^ A grammar of modern Indo-European, p. 398, 3rd paragraph
  2. ^ The American heritage dictionary of Indo-European roots, p. 78, entry for "(s)ker-3

French[edit]

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Borrowed from Latin circus.

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cirque m (plural cirques)

  1. circus
  2. (geology) cirque
  3. (historical) circus (in the ancient Roman Empire, a building for chariot racing)

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